Performance of Sealers

Performance of Sealers

About Performance of Sealers

Tile and stone sealers can be very beneficial in making tile, stone and grout more stain resistant, less likely to collect dirt, more resistant to efflorescence, and easier to clean and to keep clean. But sealers do not make those materials waterproof or stain-proof.

If something is spilled and not cleaned up right away or is cleaned up with the wrong type of solvent, e.g. cleaning grease with water, then sealers won’t prevent those contaminates from seeping into the grout, tile or stone.

Sealers don’t last forever and occasionally need to be re-applied. Factors that affect the life and performance of a sealer include application location (i.e. interior or exterior), exposure to weather conditions, and the type of traffic it’s subjected to.

Rule of thumb: as long as water beads up on the grout, tile or stone surface and it doesn’t leave a dark damp spot, then the sealer is working. Otherwise it’s time to re-apply.

About the Tilewise Cartoons

TileWise cartoons were developed under Donato Pompo's leadership for Club '84 (Ceramic Tile Action Group).  Club '84 was a non-profit organization of accomplished individuals from all segments of the ceramic tile industry.  The group's mission was to develop and distribute educational aids to educate, train and bring quality awareness to the distributors, specifiers, installers, and consumers of Ceramic Tile.

The TileWise cartoons were created to communicate issuses and concerns in the business of using ceramic tile for all segments of the industry.  The objective was to educate to promote the quality use of ceramic tile.  In each cartoon the screen exaggerates what you shouldn't do or emphasizes an issue or concern, then George the Bucket (named after CTI founder George Lavenberg) says what is correct.  The cartoons ran for twelve years in each issue of the Tile Industry News, a major industry publication, published by the Ceramic Tile Institute until 1999 when it ceased.

Use these cartoons to educate your customers and employees to help avoid potential problems, and to promote a positive image of your company through newsletters, posters or mailings.

We hope you can put these cartoons to good use to help your industry and your business, and we know you will certainly benefit from them if you do.  Good Luck!

The TileWise Cartoons will be displayed and available for your use. Restricted to limited single use. Randy’s cherished wife, Suzanne, is working hard to care for their precious sons, Rudie and Remie. Randy’s sudden illness left them with limited resources. If you can benefit from the use of the TileWise Cartoons, and if you can afford it, a donation to Randy's family would be very much appreciated. Please see form below to pledge whatever amount you would like to donate.

Right click the cartoon of your choice (Restricted to limited single use) and do a "Save Picture As..." to your hardrive.

(over 50 TileWise cartoons for your pleasure, and to use to educate your customers and employees)

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